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Say hey, baseball: So, who will sign Max Scherzer?

Friday morning's baseball wonders what kind of market exists for Scherzer, as well as wrap-ups from the winter meetings.

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The winter meetings are over! Everyone living on East Coast time is thrilled that San Diego has emptied itself of non-Padres baseball media, as now they can go to sleep a little earlier and wake up a little later. Or, at least, they can get some breakfast before they see a major trade coming together.

No one is happier than Max Scherzer, though. The free agent right-hander is basically in the same class of ace as Jon Lester, but where Lester was searching for comfort and familiarity in addition to money his great grandchildren can spend, Scherzer hired Scott Boras. Boras is basically a baseball deity who will get his clients what they want/deserve, and what Scherzer wants/deserves is for $200 million to come his way. The Yankees could give Scherzer $200 million, and the Yankees probably should give Scherzer $200 million, but the big question that will plague us until it does or doesn't happen is "will the Yankees give Scherzer $200 million?"

Here's the thing: their rotation has promise, but it has far more risk in it. If the Yankees want a good chance at relevance in 2015 -- and remember, they've missed the playoffs two years in a row already -- they probably need to sign Max Scherzer. They're trying to rebuild the farm system, so a trade for Cole Hamels is likely out. Lester is already gone. They might want to go younger than James Shields, and there will be more competition there anyway since the Giants, Rangers and the Lester-less Red Sox have all met with him already.

The Tigers aren't chasing Scherzer anymore. The Giants might be in on him if they fail to get Shields, but they want another starter soon, and Scherzer might not agree to anything until 2015. The Nationals could end up being a fit, because they want to trade some players they don't think they can extend in Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond -- replacing them with Scherzer and the prospects they bring back would mean a different core, but still a strong one. The Nationals probably can't possess a pair of $200-million plus contracts like the Yankees could, but they can likely manage the one, especially for someone as good as Scherzer.